Before It Bytes!


I had the pleasure of attending BsidesROC this past Saturday in Rochester, NY while visiting family.  The only previous experience I’d had with Bsides was in Las Vegas last summer, and I must say out of the many small conferences I have been to over the last couple of years, these guys did a very impressive job!  The conference consisted of two tracks with a total of 15 talks.

Here’s a rundown of the events:

  • The Rochester chapter of TOOOL was kept very busy with a constant flow of lock pickers, both new and veteran, and managed to sell out of the kits they had available.
  • Interlock, the local hackerspace was also there and had a number of great projects to show off.  I always love seeing hackerspaces at conferences!
  • Hacker Battleship, a unique play on the CTF which was really fun for the 24 who participated.  Someone SQL injected the scoreboard too 😉

There were just over 200 attendees and everything flowed very smoothly.  The event had the feeling of something that just happened there every weekend, and there were flying SHARKS! Albeit without laser beams for the safety of all present of course. 😉

Some other misc stats:

  • The 3D badges took approximately 50 hours to print and were awesome!
  • 3129 DHCP leases were handed out throughout the day.
  • 6 flying sharks and fish, including one flying red angry bird.

Looking forward to next year!

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SecuraBit Episode 69: Picking Locks and Messing up Podcasts, Welcome to Gringo Village!
November 3, 2010

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Practical Lock Picking By Deviant Ollam

Review submitted by a coworker:
Practical Lock Picking by Deviant Ollam was an enjoyable read. The author does a good job of covering the art and science of picking locks. He chose two of the most common types of locks for the bulk of his material which helps keep the focus of the book tight. He leads the reader from the basic operational principles of the locks, to flaws in the design & manufacture and finally how to pick the locks. The coverage of pick types and other tools of the trade round out the readers knowledge of the subject. His down to earth style and simple language help the reader understand the material and develop the skills to pick these types of locks. His logical progression of starting with one pin and working your way up to all the pins in the lock will help the reader build confidence in their skills. The final sections on bypassing the door reminds the reader that locks are part of a system and sometimes the way to defeat a system is not the direct approach. Overall I would give this book 4 out of 4 stars.

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